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The Wedding Shoes {A Christmas Story}

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I am of the strange hybrid of girl who loves running around barefoot in a party dress as much as I love dreaming of splurging on the most expensive of beautiful shoes. My vast collection of Old Navy flip flops shares the same closet as stacks of shoe boxes holding dust bag-clad pumps and they coexist quite happily. So, when it came to finding the perfect wedding shoe I was a bit torn between going the cheap and easy $2.50 Old Navy route or really taking this as an opportunity to buy an incredible pair of show stopping heels. In particular, I feel head over heels in love with these Christian Louboutins, as have most other shoe-loving women I know.

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Christian Louboutin at Net-a-Porter, now $560 from $732

These babies made me seriously contemplate pulling a Carrie Bradshaw and ditching the dress and the fancy party for a white suit, city hall, and the most fabulous pair of shoes I’d ever own. Alas, the romantic inside got the better of me and shoes in the near $800 range were quickly cast aside.

Never fear, JCrew had their own temptations, not the least of which are these pretty pumps.

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Carmen by JCrew, $265

I am loving the current trend of bright pops of color by way of sassy wedding day shoes. And what better way to ensure you can wear them over and over again, right? However, my repeated hemming and hawing about our color palette was making it difficult to commit to a striking shoe color, no matter how much I wanted to steer very clear of traditional and boring ivory wedding shoes. Sure, ivory can be beautiful, but ivory head to toe is not quite my style. I mean, why wear ivory when you can wear these ruby slippers?

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Stuart Weitzman at Nordstrom, $855

In the end, the shoe question became far more complicated for me than it likely should have been. I was torn between wanting to stay 100% budget conscious throughout this entire process and wanting to blow a nice chunk of green on a pair of shoes that I could love for long after the wedding. While I lust after beautiful shoes rarely do I buy a pair that is not deeply discounted and the names Christian, Manolo, Stuart, Jimmy nor Dior have every made their presence known in my humble abode. I also debated height. M is only a few inches taller than me and I worried anything too tall would make me taller than him in photos, something to which I was especially adverse. Go figure that along with expensive shoes, I also have a love for a nice 4″ heel. Flats? Pumps? Splurge? Save? Over and over and over it went through my head.

Finally, I was about to be measured for my dress and knew I had to make a decision so my hollow to hem measurement would be accurate. As I am known to do on a daily basis, I made my way to JCrew’s website one morning the week after Thanksgiving and realized they were offering one of their fairly frequent extra 30% discounts on sale merchandise. With shoes on the brain I was all over that like any card carrying shoe addict should be and there they were. The perfect shoe for the wedding, the perfect shoe for my dress and the perfect shoe to wear with any little black dress for years to come.

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These are Lulu* by JCrew and now, they are my wedding shoes.They sleep peacefully in my closet waiting to come out and dance the night away in July and savoring in their sparkling bow-bedecked beauty. They are far more fun and sassy than your basic ivory, but in no way handcuffed me to any one hue. Also, at 3″ they are the perfect compromise between liking to strut my stuff in sky-scraping stilettos and not wanting to tower over my groom. Originally $265 on clearance plus an additional 30% off, they cost my father $120 with tax and shipping. Because, yes, in the end it was my wonderful father who took pity on my shoe-obsessed self, handed me a credit card and then made sure these were wrapped up and waiting for me under the tree on Christmas morning. Amazing wedding shoes as Christmas present? Best present ever, hands down.

*Unfortunately, both the Lulu pumps and flats are now sold out on JCrew’s website.

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10 comments on “The Wedding Shoes {A Christmas Story}

  1. Those Louboutin shoes were the first pair I lusted after too. I knew I wanted blue shoes – everything else followed including the colour theme! In the end I decided £400 was too much to spend. The following week I went to a sale at Selfridges and there were my perfect shoes reduced from £365 to £99. So I bought them!

    I think your choice of the shiny grey ones is great as you will def be able to wear them again. Plus glittery with a bow… the perfect present. Good old Dad!

  2. Erin writes...

    Those are great! And, if it makes you feel any better, the Christian Louboutin store on Madison Ave said that you can’t wear those beautiful blue shoes with a long dress because the feathers and too delicate and the dress will rip them off! I absolutely loved them too but there was no way I would risk ruining them–they’re too beautiful :)

  3. *sigh* Oh Christian and Stuart, why do you hurt me so? The only way Christian Louboutin has made it into my apartment is on the shoe calendar my future mother-in-law gave me for Christmas, because she knows I love shoes.

    And Cyd, you sound just like me – perfectly happy in flip flops, but equally thrilled in 4″ stilettos. I’m trying to decide between boots and sassy heels, and I may just wear both since I already own the boots I’d wear.

  4. The Lulus are just a little bit more practical than the Louboutins (in terms of both wearability and cost) and adorable to boot. Win-Win I say.

  5. WOW I love all of those. Every single pair. I LOVE the Lulus. I was watching them for a while on the J Crew site but could never find an excuse to foot their bill [literally!]. Sad now. But can’t wait to see them on you in pictures!!

  6. I totally hear your dilemma about wanting a pair of Louboutins or Jimmy Choos or some other expensive designer wedding shoes! I’m still trying to decide whether or not to splurge! Your post has made me feel like I should search around more and at least find a discount if I’m going to buy a pair of expensive shoes. Didn’t know J. Crew had such beautiful shoes! Great find!

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